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issue 53
Jan. 1, 2014


Patch of the Month

The first "patch of the month" program resource is ready for you! If you haven't had a chance, take a look at the new Her Story - Laura Ingalls Wilder patch program.


This patch program was developed to encourage girls to think about the past. By exploring Her Story, girls can learn about themselves and reflect on what stories they are making today, tomorrow, and in the future. This patch program is a great tie-in with the It's Your Story - Tell It! Journey series. 

Cookie Time 2014

Once again, GSMH is starting the new year with Cookie Time! The 2014 cookie line-up includes the always-popular Thin Mints, Caramel de Lites, Lemonades, Thanks A Lots, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Shortbreads, and the new Cranberry Citrus Crisp! The Cranberry Citrus Crisp is made with 9 grams of whole grain and real cranberries. 


The initial order period runs from Friday, January 3, 2014 through Monday, January 20, 2014, with initial orders due to the troop leaders by Tuesday, January 21, 2014. 


Plan ahead! Cookie booths and direct sales are from February 7 - March 9, 2014. Call your product program specialist starting on January 7, 2014 to reserve your cookie booth kit.

Monthly Troop Tips Emails

Have you received your monthly Troop Tips email? Once a month, you should be receiving an email that is appropriate for your troop's grade level and has helpful ideas, tips, and activities. If you have not been receiving these emails, please let your leadership and learning specialist know- she will be happy to add you to the distribution list!

Register for Events Online with ROSE! 


You already know that you can register and manage your family's, your troop's, and your own memberships online with ROSE.*


Coming early February, you will also be able to register for council program events, camp, and trainings! No more waiting for registration forms to process-you will be able to sign yourself, your family, or your troop up for events with immediate confirmation on a secure Internet connection. Think of how much time and trouble you will save by registering online!


Keep a lookout on the official ROSE Web page:, for more information and the release of the new event registration system.


*ROSE: Registrations Online Simple and Easy! 

Get Moving! Junior Journey Weekend    

Get ready for a weekend of fun at Finbrooke Program Center as we earn the first two awards from the Get Moving! Journey. Learn about conserving energy to protect the planet and about personal energy balance to protect your body. The event will include guest speakers, fun activities and even a craft or two. Price for all girls includes sleeping in the lodge (mattresses provided!), three meals, all activities, and a Journey book. Price for adults includes lodging and meals.

Saturday, January 25 10:00 a.m. - Sunday, January 27 10:00 a.m.

Finbrooke Program Center

Registration Deadline: January 13, 2014

Girl Cost: $35, Adult Cost $20  

Young Women of Distinction

Mark your calendars!  Our annual Young Women of Distinction recognition event will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014, in Springfield, MO. Girl Scout Gold Award recipients will be treated to a luncheon in their honor and will receive words of inspiration from a distinguished speaker. Invitations will be mailed this spring.


Girls anticipating to be recognized at this event should complete and submit all necessary paperwork by April 1, 2014.

Full STEM Ahead

You don't have to be a rocket scientist to enjoy this event - but it might just inspire you to become one!  Join us for a fun-filled, STEM-tastic day! This is a family event where everyone is invited to come explore science, technology, engineering, and math through fun and educational activities. There will also be interactive exhibits and live demonstrations, but girls and troops will have a chance to show off their talents, too! Mini competitions will be taking place throughout the day.  


For more information, please visit Join us Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 10am - 4pm. Cost is $20, which includes a t-shirt and patch. Registration deadline is March 1, 2014. Don't miss your chance to participate - sign up before it's too late!  


Leader's Weekend 2014

April 25, 2014 - April 27, 2014

Leader's Weekend is an adult volunteer enrichment retreat designed to create networking opportunities, enthuse the Girl Scout spirit and have volunteers leave with inspiring ideas for troops and service units. Come for the whole weekend or for just a few workshops! Leadership workshops will include Geocaching 101, Beeswax Candle Making, Riflery, Tomahawk Throwing, Duct Tape Crafts, and MANY more.


Important Leader's Weekend Dates:

  • January 31, 2014: Registration packets will be available on our website and in our service centers.
  • February 3 - February 14: Register by postal mail only.
  • February 17 - February 28: Register by postal mail, online, fax, e-mail, or in person.

Trip Deadlines

The deadline to register for both the Chicago Adventure and the National Convention Trip to Salt Lake City is January 31, 2014. A $100 deposit holds the spot for either trip. The Chicago trip takes place July 12-16, 2014 and the National Convention Trip is October 15-19, 2014. 
Please contact Leadership and Learning Specialist 
Stefanie McCall, at 877-312-4764 ext 1137 or with any questions.
Are you the next MasterChef Junior?

MasterChef Junior is back for a second season! Do you know a Girl Scout who loves the Cook Legacy badges? This could be an opportunity for her!  


"A family-friendly mixture of competition series suspense and a genuine desire to see the kids succeed." -Entertainment Weekly 


On Saturday, January 18, 2014, the nationwide search for the most talented young home cooks in America between the ages of 8-13 (as of March 10, 2014) will be coming to Chicago! For application, instructions, audition guidelines, eligibility requirements, open call details, and additional audition cities go to Good luck!



Trainings are an important and helpful component of our Girl Scout volunteer experience. Listed below are some upcoming training courses offered to GSMH volunteers. All GSMH training registration deadlines are two weeks prior to the training unless otherwise listed.

CPR/First Aid - $40

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Jefferson City Service Center

Option 1: 8:00 am - Noon

Option 2: 1:00 - 5:00 pm


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Cape Girardeau Service Center

9:00 am - 2:30 pm


Springfield Service Center

9:00 am - 2:30 pm


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Friendship Fields Program Center

9:00 am - 3:30 pm


Basic Outdoor Skills - $10

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Sacajawea West Program Center

9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Green Berry Acres Program Center

9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Mintahama Program Center 

9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Basic Troop Camping:Accelerated - $20

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sacajawea West Program Center

8:30 am - 5:30 pm


Basic Troop Camping - $25

Pre Camp: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Springfield Service Center

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Overnight: Saturday, April 5, 2014- Sunday, April 6, 2014

Finbrooke Program Center 

9:00 am, April 5 - 4:00 pm, April 6


Cape Girardeau Shop Open House   

Join us for our Shop Open House at the new Cape Girardeau Service Center on January 11, 2014, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Enter our drawing for a beanie-style knit hat, knit gloves, and fringed scarf! Take an additional 15% off already reduced prices on Precious Moments figurines (in stock only and while supplies last). Coupon for 25% off one regular-priced item will be honored that day.   


National Cookie Weekend is Coming!  

Shops in all locations will be open Saturday, February 8, 2014, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Come check out our new cookie-themed products and national cookie weekend patch. 


Sale on Girl Guides and Adult Guide Sets  

Girl Guides are now on sale for $16.85- for all grade levels! Adult Journey Guide sets are now only $11.25!  

New Year's Blow Out Event in Progress  

Save up to 75% on select merchandise. This is an online event and in council shops, but hurry- merchandise is limited!*

*In stock only. No additional orders. Sale ends January 20, 2014.


What Did You Do Today?
Girl Scouts Participate in Community Service Project
Girl Scout Troop 10057 loaded boxes for Operation Christmas Child. The shoe boxes were filled with toys and hygiene items and shipped to developing countries.
In This Issue
Patch of the Month
Cookie Time 2014
Troop Tips Emails
Register for Events Online
Junior Journey Weekend
Young Women of Distinction
Full STEM Ahead
Leader's Weekend 2014
Trip Deadlines
MasterChef Junior
Upcoming Trainings
Shop with us!
What Did You Do Today?
Quick Notes
  • Get ready for cookies!
  • Have a great holiday!


Do you need something from the Volunteer Resources CD? A product program order form? The tax exempt certificate?


If you don't have your CD handy, many resources are also available in the Forms and Resources Library on the GSMH website. Most items aren't password protected, but keep using the following for those that are:


Password CadettesCarry3Cards


Service Centers   

Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed from 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. (except Springfield) 


Retail Shops

Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed from 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. (except Springfield). Shops in all locations (except for Cape Girardeau on January 11) will be closed on Saturdays in January. 


Service Center/Shop Winter Closing Dates:
Jan. 6, 20
Feb. 17 
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